Oriental Rugs

Skinner appraises and auctions fine rugs and carpets from Persia, Anatolia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China, and India.



A beautiful Oriental rug has the power to captivate the imagination with its intricate patterns and delicate colors. When you come upon an antique, handmade rug, it’s fascinating to realize that one weaver placed each stitch or knot in the complex web over a span of weeks or months. From there, the rug may have traveled over deserts, plains and sea to a new home in Europe or America.

Wood is not a common resource in the deserts and plains of the Middle East and parts of Asia, and orthodox Islam doesn’t allow artists to depict human or animal figures. As a result, artisans from this area of the world worked their craft in strands of wool or silk to form complex geometric or floral designs and patterns. In traditional homes, carpets may adorn the floors and walls, while woven or felted bags take the place of shelves and people sit on cushions or mats instead of chairs. Textiles are the fabric of life in the Middle East and Asia, and as a result the art of weaving has been perfected over thousands of years. Even today, these regions supply most of the world’s fine rugs and carpets.

Collectors of fine antique carpets look for early examples with rare designs. Carpets that have survived from the 16th, 17th or 18th centuries in good condition can be quite valuable.

Oriental rug specialists at Skinner bring a passion for the material to each appraisal and auction of Persian, Anatolian, Caucasian, Central Asian, and Turkmen rugs, as well as Chinese and Indian rugs. Learn more about consigning fine Oriental rugs to auction.


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